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Regulations of Asklepios-Clan Members (360 BCE) Delphi - Phokis


Delphi (Phokis, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 360 BCE
IDelphi I 12 = SEG 41 (1991), no. 500 = PHI 238326  = ID# 16131


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This inscription from Delphi (ca. 360 BCE) shows that Asklepiads (a group or clan including physicians) from both Knidos and Kos had by this time joined together in a common association, a κοινόν.

The association (koinon) of the Asklepiads of Kos and Knidos resolved that any Asklepiad who comes to Delphi, whenever he needs to consult the oracle or to sacrifice, should consult the oracle after he has sworn that he is a member of the Asklepios-clan (Asklepiadēs) (10) by descent through the male line … (missing lines 11–17) …  But anybody who does not follow (?) … this procedure (20) shall not be admitted to the oracle as the members of the Asklepios-clan (Asklepiadai) are, and he should not receive any other privilege that may be granted to the members of the Asklepios-clan by the Delphians unless he acts in accordance with what has been written here.

Translation by:



ἔδοξε Ἀσκλαπιαδᾶǀν τῶι κοινῶι Κώιων ǀ καὶ Κνιδίων· τὸν ἀφǀικνεύμενον Ἀσκλαǀǀπιάδαν ἐς Δελφούς, ǀ αἴ κα χρῄζηι τῶι μαǀντείωι χρῆσθαι ἢ θǀύεν, ὀμόσαντα χρῆσǀθαι ἐ̑μεν Ἀσκλαπ[ιά]ǀǀδας κατὰ ἀνδρο̣[γέν]ǀειαν [․ ․ ․6․ ․ ․] ǀ ΟΙ[․ ․ ․ ․ ․13․ ․ ․ ․ ․ ․] ǀ Γ[․ ․ ․ ․ ․ ․14․ ․ ․ ․ ․ ․] ǀ [․ ․ ․ ․11․ ․ ․ ․ ․]Ε̣ΔΟ ǀǀ [․ ․ ․ ․11․ ․ ․ ․ ․]ΙΣΧ ǀ [․ ․ ․ ․ ․12․ ․ ․ ․ ․]ΕΙ ǀ [․ ․ ․ ․ ․ ․14․ ․ ․ ․ ․ ․]Σ ǀ ὃς δ[έ κα παρβάλλ]ηι ǀ ταῦτα, μ̣[ὴ ἐ̑μεν α]ὐ̣τῶǀǀι εἴσοδον ἐ[ς τ]ὸ̣ μανǀτεῖον καθάπε[ρ] Ἀσκλǀαπιάδαις, μηδέ, [α]ἴ τǀι ἄλλο γέρας δίδο[τǀα]ι Ἀσκλαπιάδα<ι>ς παǀǀ[ρ]ὰ Δελφῶν, μὴ δίδοσǀ[θ]αι αἴ κα μὴ ποιῆι κǀ[ατ]ὰ τὰ γεγραμ<μ>ένα. vac.

Item added: February 2, 2015
Item modified: January 19, 2016
ID number: 16131
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